Antimicrobial stewardship: changing risk-related behaviours in the general population

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence


Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) may lead to once standard treatments becoming ineffective. While AMR develops naturally, the misuse of antimicrobial medication accelerates the process. Public awareness of what antibiotics can do is poor, with around 40% of the population thinking that antibiotics can kill viruses. Preventing, controlling, and managing infections strategically in primary care through improved awareness and appropriate prescribing will slow the progress of AMR.

This new Guidelines summary explores the correct use of antimicrobial medicines, the risks of misuse, and approaches to avoid infection.


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